We greatly enjoyed meeting members of the <Charles Close Society> who were in Alnwick for their Annual General Meeting at the weekend. Two groups of their members joined members of Alnwick Civic Society for guided walks around the less well-known gems in our historic town. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or better company.
“There can be few laws in England that are so widely ignored and abused as the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, section 7, relating to receiving listed building consent for works which affect the character of a listed building“. <here> The IHBC Conservation Wiki considers how Listed Building Consent might be reformed. … Continue reading Listed Building Consent
Is advertising getting out of hand?
The local transport plan for 2019/20 is published <here>. It covers schemes worth £18,591,500 in total. There are some county-wide initiatives that might have an impact locally, but we have spotted the following items specifically for Alnwick. Have we missed anything? Improve pedestrian access routes acros s the cobbles (£20,000) Continue design and consultation on … Continue reading Local Transport Plan 2019-20
In the recent series of a House Through Time <here>, David Olusoga spent some time on the life of Joshua Alder, a renowned marine biologist who lived at 5, Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle from 1841 to 1857. If you saw the relevant episode you will recall that Joshua sold the family cheese business to finance … Continue reading Joshua Alder
Two-hundred years ago, in April 1819, parliament received two petitions from shopkeepers in Alnwick and Morpeth arguing against Window Tax. Their point was that a building used for trade or manufacture was exempt from the tax, but a shop attached to a dwelling was treated as part of the house and hence liable for window … Continue reading Window tax
In March 2019 the BBC Shared Data Unit reported that a “patchy” network of charging points was discouraging UK drivers from embracing electric cars. The link is <here>. The results of their analysis have been taken up by local media because Northumberland came out particularly well in the BBC analysis. They reckon the average distance … Continue reading Charging points